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1 Kings 12:31

    1 Kings 12:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, that were not of the sons of Levi.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he made places for worship at the high places, and made priests, who were not Levites, from among all the people.

    Webster's Revision

    And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, that were not of the sons of Levi.

    World English Bible

    He made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Kings 12:31

    A house of high places - A temple of temples; he had many high places in the land, and to imitate the temple at Jerusalem, he made one chief over all the rest, where he established a priesthood of his own ordination. Probably a place of separate appointment, where different idols were set up and worshipped; so it was a sort of pantheon.

    Made priests of the lowest of the people - He took the people indifferently as they came, and made them priests, till he had enough, without troubling himself whether they were of the family of Aaron or the house of Levi, or not. Any priests would do well enough for such gods. But those whom he took seem to have been worthless, good-for-nothing fellows, who had neither piety nor good sense. Probably the sons of Levi had grace enough to refuse to sanction this new priesthood and idolatrous worship.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Kings 12:31

    He made an house of high places - i. e., "He built a temple, or sanctuary, at each of the two cities where the calves were set up." The writer uses the expression "house of high places" in contempt, meaning that the buildings were not real temples, or houses of God, like that at Jerusalem, but only on a par with the temples upon high places which had long existed in various parts of the land.

    Made priests of the lowest of the people - More correctly, "from all ranks of the people." That the Levites did not accept Jeroboam's innovations, and transfer their services to his two sanctuaries, must have been the consequence of their faithful attachment to the true worship of Yahweh. In all probability Jeroboam confiscated the Levitical lands within his dominions for the benefit of the new priestly order 2 Chronicles 11:13-14.